Impressive is how Damien O'Connor describes MPI's latest prediction that horticulture exports will hit the record $7 billion mark in 2023.

Pretty impressive - that's how Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor describes MPI's latest prediction that horticulture exports will hit the record $7 billion mark in 2023.

SFF chief executive Simon Limmer says current labour shortages mean that the company's processing plants will not be able to operate at full capacity this season.

A critical lack of workers in New Zealand is pushing the meat industry to plead with the Government to urgently allow in more overseas staff.

The meat industry says unless the Government allows more overseas workers into the country there's a real risk of killing chains shutting down, export dollars lost - along with jobs for New Zealanders.

The Meat Industry Association (MIA) has launched a stinging attack on the Government for failing to allow the industry to bring in sufficient overseas halal slaughterman.

Rural Contractors NZ chief executive Andrew Olsen.

Despite rural contractors being told in mid-December they could bring in 200 skilled machinery operators into the country, not one has been given any MIQ space.

Struggling strong wool growers will be hoping moves in the industry during the year will see a much-needed lift in prices.

As 2021 draws to a close and 2022 approaches, Leo Argent takes a look back at the year gone by, reviewing some of the major stories that appeared in Rural News which shaped farming industry news this year.

The Peters family (from left: Philip, Noeline and John) with the very first Plasback collection in 2007.

Agricultural recycling business Plasback has come a long way since it collected its first consignment of used silage wrap from South Cantebury farmers John and Noelie Peters in 2007.

Strong financial management, grazing management and people management skills will help dairy farmers buffer rising input costs and produce milk more efficiently.

OPINION: We’re kicking off 2022 with a road show across the regions in February so farmers can have their say on how agricultural emissions will be priced from 2025.

While many around the country are embarking on their annual Christmas break, it will be business as usual for the country's second largest milk processor.

Australia's largest live sheep exporter, Emanuel Exports, has had its licence reinstated after a three-year suspension.

The Veterinary Council of New Zealand (VCNZ) is being urged to reintroduce practical exams that will allow overseas vets to work here.

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